Tekken: DR attacks US PS3s later this month

Downloadable version of Namco Bandai's fighting game to include optimizations for 1080p, playable final boss.

Late last year, Namco Bandai Games released Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection as a downloadable PlayStation 3 game in Japan and Hong Kong. The download weighed in at 800MB, cost roughly $16 to download, and made Namco Bandai's long-running franchise the first 3D fighting game on the system, beating out the latest installment from long-time rival Sega's Virtua Fighter series.

It appears that Namco Bandai has a chance to beat Sega to the punch (and kick, and elbow strike) in North America as well. Virtua Fighter 5 for the PS3 is currently set for a February 20 release, but Namco Bandai today announced that it is prepping a domestic release of Dark Resurrection for "later this month."

Based on the arcade and PlayStation Portable editions that preceded it, Dark Resurrection will include a few new features of its own. Namco Bandai has said the game has been "optimized for the HD era" with 1080p visuals and the chance to take control of Jinpachi Mishima, the game's previously unplayable final boss.

For more on the Tekken series' PS3 debut, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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X_CAPCOM_X
X_CAPCOM_X

Why is this only in Hong Kong and Japan right now?

beynolds
beynolds

When is the release? Feb. 28th 11:59 pm?

NND1
NND1

I am happy for PS3 owners.. Too bad this is not on 360.

armandito-14
armandito-14

yeah goood newss for us people that own the ps3 but is it free or we have to pay cauze if it is i have 2 borrow ma mom credit card holla back

DarkNeji14
DarkNeji14

do they sell online point cards like the wii bcuz i need one!!! send me a msg if u have info on them plz

SOBWAY
SOBWAY

it's a very cooooool!!!!!!!!! game i luv it,nice fighting technique .

Billipop
Billipop

Tekken 5 :Dark Resurrection is one of the reasons i wish i had a PS3 right now.

fdlazarte
fdlazarte

i always love tekken and prefer it over VF or DoA... this is the only game i envy on PS console... how i wish i can get this on my 360! :(

Kcube
Kcube

@datniccah187 Thats how I plan on buying my PS3 and the wait is killing me. Lazy IRS.

Kruegmeister
Kruegmeister

I have always preferred Tekken to Virtual Fighter and DOA Series myself. I've played all three through the Years, but I always enjoy the Tekken Series the Most. Some like the Style of Fighting of the Different Series for different Reasons. I like Tekken, I think DOA is OK, and I think Virtua Fighter Blows. No offense VF Fanboys, its just a matter of personal taste. Thank God were given so many "Tastes" so we can all find our own flavor.

Jordanaire
Jordanaire

This is good news, now I'll have two quality fighting games to play pretty soon... the other one is Virtua Fighter 5.

dragonsama
dragonsama

Virtua Fighter has always been the better fighting game from a technical as well as a a playable standpoint. every aspect of it is 100% superior to Tekken. With that said Tekken is still a very fun game to play and every enjoyable. and this is great news for PS3 owners. I just hope there are some new features that are rumored to be in the US version.

datniccah187
datniccah187

Hmm if only i had my ps3 allready i'd be all over this download. Tekken my all time favorite fighting series everytime i hear news about next-gen tekken games my mouth literally waters. One of my boys has tekken 5 on ps2 i haven't really played it yet but i expect good things. I'm seriously thinking about just caving in and getting a ps3 right now just to have it. I have been like we'll i'm just going to wait until some better titles come out, but i might just endulge myself in the system with some income tax money.

teknocack
teknocack

**sigh** VF5 is a game so puissant that tekken simply has no chance to even become competent next to it. Give it up fanboys. Yield to the logic of the situation.

brannigancarter
brannigancarter

Tekken is always better...but Dark Resurrection BETTER not be this awesome new Tekken 6 we been hearing about...I played the life out of 5 already.

shady_825
shady_825

I'll take Tekken 5 DR on any console. I'm stoked over this news. I want this game ten times more than I want VF5.

Mr_Freeze_1
Mr_Freeze_1

I bought this when it came out on PSP, I'm not buying because of VF5, however if it were free, then it would be a different story.

gmayronne
gmayronne

its based after the psp version but it ISNT a port of the psp version, its basically the ps2 tekken 5 with everything that was in dark ressurrection for the psp. the graphics are "enhanced ps2 graphics", the character models were brought up with slightly more polygons, better textures, and 1080p and thats about it

blancobo
blancobo

This is yet another projected dissapointing release for the PS3. I honeslty don't think that a game like this will stir much noise in our PS3 world. Moving a PSP game to the PS3 seems like selling girl scout cookies for dessert in Mortons Steak House.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

Online = Next Gen "must have" = hype/rhetoric, just like the "must have" of 1080p There's a number of good threads on technical/gameplay difficulties VF would face online that easily apply to Tekken as well. Which would be worse? Significantly changing the engine to accommodate online play, supporting online play but finding that lag forces the way you play significantly (resulting in the need for an "online" play style that's not the same as your offline one), including online play support regardless of quality or not offering it all? It doesn't matter which they do, they're going to be critized for it unless they can make online play *exactly* like the person you're playing is on the couch next to you.

Jebril
Jebril

I like DOA and VF more than Tekken but in no way is Tekken a bad franchise.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

jackfatal "man i am fed up with gamespot news!!! they keep showing xbox news all the time although there is plenty of ps3 news!!! i pissed off of gamespot!!!! " ~~~~ Perhpas I'm missing it...or perhpas you are 5 beers short of a 6-pack but this would be...as near as I can tell...PS3 NEWS! In fact...you are the only one even talking about xbox here...troll on fanboi but go di it somewhere else.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

Online lets you know something...who is arguably the best in the world. Faults and flaws aside, people like seeing who is "Best in the World"...after all saying your the best at a game when your only competition is people you invite to the basement is ... well... much less news worthy. If competition didn't matter arcades would never have had highscores.

junk56
junk56

Remember the times when online wasn't mandatory? Now it seems like it is but since i lived through that era, i don't care cause if the game is good single player, there is no reason to play online.

jackfatal
jackfatal

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jackfatal

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iwao
iwao

Can´t really wait for this game on the Pal Playstation 3 release,but of the most i can´t wait for Tekken 6,that will rule hopefully after all this wait from 2005.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

HardCor1981 Online is essential for fighting games, these days. I'll wait until Tekken 6. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I agree, hardcor81. Every multiplayer game needs to have online in the next gen.

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

snarple_basic, the endings and whatnot will be available for download separately. But don't take my word for it-do a search for the news on this site regarding the Japanese release and it'll tell you all about it.

ccputgat2m
ccputgat2m

no online? yet another reason to wait another year for the ps3

HardCor1981
HardCor1981

Online is essential for fighting games, these days. I'll wait until Tekken 6.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

No Online = Garbage I would buy this game if it had online play.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

smidsy85 guess you missed the memo, the 360 has 1080p, and like the ps3 most games aren't yet in 1080p... Cough Cough Motor Storm. For the 360 virtual tennis 3 is suppose to be the 1st, so no advantage for PS3 here.

TTDog
TTDog

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snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Now the question is at 800 mb is this going to have endings for the characters?? 800 mb is kind of small for a game, im kind of doubting it... Did the arcade have endings for all characters? If not im betting its the arcade version, granted it I did see all the endings on Teken DR on the psp, and even the ps2's 5th had the endings, but still feels kind of empty not having online, and thinking i would actually get more then 2 hours of this game. Ill get excited when Teken 6 comes out, this really doesn't feel good to me.

The_SandRock
The_SandRock

Is this the full game? I hope this isn't the future of games, I love having the hard copies and getting the CEs

YourDaddy88
YourDaddy88

I know they're excited about beating Sega to the punch, but...isn't Feb 20 (VF5) and "later this month" for Namco just about the same thing??? What, is it gonna come out 3 days before Sega? Whoa...big time advantage here.

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

i never liked tekken too much, but ill try this one.

diablo1000000
diablo1000000

This is great. I'll (hopefully) be buying my PS3 at UK launch, and would love to be able to download and play this on day 1. You have just under 2 months Namco... make it happen!

smidsy85
smidsy85

Another reason why the PS3 is a great investment 1080p :D

PseudoFinrod
PseudoFinrod

Dammit...just when I was thinking about selling my PS3...can't wait! It'd be nice if they threw in online play-taking on those crack Japanese players would be a great challenge. Either way, I'm getting it...